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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Whom do you like: Jorgensen or Wynn?

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Greg Peck
October 30, 2012

This is no spooky Halloween story. Odd as it may seem, however, two current Assembly representatives face each other in a highly competitive 43rd District race Nov. 6.

Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, has represented the 37th District for six years. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, served the 43rd District the past two.

Now, they’re pitted against each other. Wynn points out that Jorgensen doesn’t live in the 43rd District, can’t even vote for himself this fall and asks why 43rd District residents should back Jorgensen.

Republicans controlled redistricting that carved Jorgensen’s previous 37th District into four parts. His home now sits in the new 33nd District, not far from the new 43rd District. Jorgensen is legally allowed to run in the 43rd and intends to move there if he wins Nov. 6.

Jorgensen argues that his decision to run in the 43rd reflects his desire to keep serving many familiar people and places. The new 43rd includes part of the old 37th District, many farms and families that once relied on General Motors paychecks. Jorgensen was raised on a dairy farm and worked at GM for 14 years.

Conversely, Jorgensen says he’s unfamiliar with Mukwonago, part of the new 33rd District.

OK, but which is the better candidate and most deserves your vote?

We’ll share our perspectives in our endorsement editorial Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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